NCASI Affirms Benefits of Biomass Energy in Mills

The National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI) published a study in October affirming the benefits of the forest industry’s use of biomass by-products to generate energy for their internal consumption. The study, Greenhouse Gas and Fossil Fuel Reduction Benefits of Using Biomass Manufacturing Residuals for Energy Production in Forest Products Facilities (Technical Bulletin 1016), examines lifecycle greenhouse gas and fossil fuel reduction benefits in pulp, paper, and wood products mills, pointing out that, on average, about two-thirds of the energy powering such mills derives from biomass.

The study quantifies these benefits as the equivalent to removing over 40 million cars from the road and—apparently challenging the notorious 2010 Manomet Study’s notion of a long-term “carbon debt” to overcome before realizing the atmospheric benefits of biomass-based energy processes—finds that such processes’ greenhouse gas reduction benefits are superior to those of fossil fuel use within less than a year.

Download NCASI Technical Bulletin 1016 at this link.